Folau doesn't want to be distraction

Rob Forsaith

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insists Israel Folau's views on homosexuality won't be a distraction during the upcoming Test series against Ireland.

Folau posted on social media earlier this year that God's plan for gay people was hell if they didn't repent, igniting a public firestorm that forced Rugby Australia into damage control.

"I don't believe it's going to be an ongoing issue ... he doesn't want to create (a potential distraction for the team). He wants to play the footy he's been playing the last few weeks, which has been awesome," Cheika said on Wednesday.